PALM BEACH COUNTY, Florida – According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in six youth ages 6-17 develop a mental health disorder each year.
Palm Beach County School District leaders say they see a link between mental health and school success, so it’s essential that schools and communities take a proactive stance in promoting awareness and support for student mental health .
The district recognizes May as the month for mental health awareness and trama-informed care. They encourage staff and students to participate in the respective themes every Thursday in May.
Get Your Green On and Mental Health Awareness themes are as follows:
• May 5 – Wear a green ribbon
• May 12 – Wear hearts (representing love)
• May 19 – Wear green for School Behaviorists Day
• May 26 – Wear smileys (representing happiness)
The aim of the campaign is to promote mental health awareness, educate and reduce stigma surrounding mental illness, and encourage action in the field of mental health.
Resources are available online for teachers, students, staff and parents. More information is available here.